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R. Browning's "In Three Days" - question on verse 3
Posted by: Michael B (---.access.uk.tiscali.com)
Date: September 05, 2003 06:59AM

"In Three Days" by Robert Browning:
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Can anyone explain verse 3? It seems to me to be very sexual, but am I missing a more innocent explanation? I love the rest of the poem, but am making up a tape to send to my girlfriend and that might seem a little out-of-place with the rest of the poems I've chosen!

Advice greatly appreciated

thanks

Michael


Re: R. Browning's "In Three Days" - question on verse 3
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: September 05, 2003 01:30PM


I might agree with you, thinking of the (short and) curly hair, except for the sparks part, which would lead me to believe the hair was on her head. Still ...

I.
So, I shall see her in three days
And just one night, but nights are short,
Then two long hours, and that is morn.
See how I come, unchanged, unworn—
Feel, where my life broke off from thine,
How fresh the splinters keep and fine,—
Only a touch and we combine!

II.
Too long, this time of year, the days!
But nights—at least the nights are short.
As night shows where her one moon is,
A hand’s-breadth of pure light and bliss,
So life’s night gives my lady birth
And my eyes hold her! What is worth
The rest of heaven, the rest of earth?

III.
O loaded curls, release your store
Of warmth and scent, as once before
The tingling hair did, lights and darks
Out-breaking into fairy sparks,
When under curl and curl I pried
After the warmth and scent inside,
Thro’ lights and darks how manifold—
The dark inspired, the light controlled!
As early Art embrowned the gold.

IV.
What great fear—should one say, “Three days
That change the world might change as well
Your fortune; and if joy delays,
Be happy that no worse befell!”
What small fear—if another says,
“Three days and one short night beside
May throw no shadow on your ways;
But years must teem with change untried,
With chance not easily defied,
With an end somewhere undescried.”
No fear!—or if a fear be born
This minute, it dies out in scorn.
Fear? I shall see her in three days
And one night, now the nights are short,
Then just two hours, and that is morn.


Re: R. Browning's "In Three Days" - question on verse 3
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 05, 2003 01:37PM

I guess it depends if those curls are on her head or...... somewhere else. I see it as a love poem- he's counting the seconds until he sees his girl. I see stanza III as necking, not anything more risque.

pam



In Three Days
by Robert Browning

I.

So, I shall see her in three days
And just one night, but nights are short,
Then two long hours, and that is morn.
See how I come, unchanged, unworn!
Feel, where my life broke off from thine,
How fresh the splinters keep and fine,---
Only a touch and we combine!

II.

Too long, this time of year, the days!
But nights, at least the nights are short.
As night shows where ger one moon is,
A hand's-breadth of pure light and bliss,
So life's night gives my lady birth
And my eyes hold her! What is worth
The rest of heaven, the rest of earth?

III.

O loaded curls, release your store
Of warmth and scent, as once before
The tingling hair did, lights and darks
Outbreaking into fairy sparks,
When under curl and curl I pried
After the warmth and scent inside,
Thro' lights and darks how manifold---
The dark inspired, the light controlled
As early Art embrowns the gold.

IV.

What great fear, should one say, Three days <br /> That change the world might change as well
Your fortune; and if joy delays, <br /> Be happy that no worse befell!''
What small fear, if another says,
Three days and one short night beside <br /> May throw no shadow on your ways;
But years must teem with change untried, <br /> With chance not easily defied,
``With an end somewhere undescried.''
No fear!---or if a fear be born
This minute, it dies out in scorn.
Fear? I shall see her in three days
And one night, now the nights are short,
Then just two hours, and that is morn.


Re: R. Browning's &amp;quot;In Three Days&amp;quot; - question on verse 3
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 05, 2003 01:42PM

It's nice to see our minds immediately leap into the same gutter!

pam


Re: R. Browning's "In Three Days" - question on verse 3
Posted by: Michael B (---.access.uk.tiscali.com)
Date: September 05, 2003 02:09PM

Thanks, think I will use it... must just have a corrupted mind - requisite for a student like myself, I think ;-)


Re: R. Browning's &quot;In Three Days&quot; - question on verse 3
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: September 06, 2003 04:57AM

But Pam, were they also looking at the same stars?




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